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Breaking Through: The Culture of Life in Arts and Entertainment

Sponsored by the Human Life Foundation in cooperation with Arthouse2B and the parish of Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena

June 29th, 11AM-6PM

at St. Vincent Ferrer Church Hall:

869 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065

You are welcome to join us for the whole day or drop in for any of the scheduled events. 

Let’s come together and share this unique Culture of Life Artistic Experience!

Tickets: $50 full price; $30 special discounted rate for artists and under 30

♦ cost includes: lunch, coffee breaks and snacks,  wine and cheese reception ♦

 

Join us for live performances, art work display, vibrant presentations and panel discussions with writers and artists, and those working in the fields of fiction, poetry, film and television.

Although the mainstream culture promotes a quality of life ethic,  there are surprisingly fresh and vital signs of the truth breaking through, even in prime time! It is important that we engage in and support an arts culture of life!

♦ followed by a reception at 6:30 and jazz with the Nick Hempton band at 7:00 — 8:30 ♦

SCHEDULE:

You are welcome to join us for the whole day or drop in for any of the scheduled events!

* 10:30 Registration begins

* 11:15 Welcome: Maria McFadden Maffucci

* 11:30  Keynote: Reverend Victor Austin:

“Reality is Pro-Life: And in the Long Run, Reality Breaks Through”

Reflections on fiction, specifically Patricia Lockwood’s No One is Talking About This ; followed by panel with Diane Moriarty, Maria McFadden Maffucci and Q and A.

* 12:15 Fr. Peter Martyr Yungwirth: welcome, comments , and blessing for lunch.

* 12:30-130 Lunch (cost included in ticket price)

* 1:30 Clare McCallan, performance and presentation:

“Labor of Love: The Relation Between Art and Maternity”

* 2-2:15 break

* 2:15 to 3:00 Panel for TV and film with David DiCerto,
Margaret Colin, and Clare McCallan, Followed by Q and A

* 3-30  coffee break

* 3:30 -4:00  Musical performance by Grace  Maffucci and William Blackburn

* 4:00-5:00  James and Karina Majewski will perform a staged reading of
Arranged, a new original play by Karina Majewski, followed by Q and A

* 5:00-6:00 Group discussion: Where do we go from here?
Conference results.

* 6-6:30 break; last chance to visit sponsor tables
and buy merchandise.

* 6:30 to 8:30 Wine and hors’ d’oeuvres reception, featuring the
Nick Hempton Jazz Band (set starts at 7:00pm)

schedule subject to change

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More About Our Presenters:

 

  • Arthouse2B is a multidisciplinary arts collective cultivating artistic renewal in New York City. Grounded in the life and faith of the Roman Catholic Church, we engage artists and audiences through programming that promotes artistic accomplishment, generous hospitality, and authentic human dignity and respect. Website: arthouse2b.org
    Instagram: @arthouse2b

  • The Dominican Friars have exercised Parish ministry in this neighborhood since 1867. Over more than 150 years, our Parish has grown to include two Dominican churches, two communities of Friars, two communities of Sisters, two high schools, and a hospital chaplaincy, as well as an administrative center for the Order. What has shaped our Parish life throughout these generations is the common life the Brothers and Sisters share. The men and women of the Dominican Order live a life of prayer, community, ministry, leisure, and thorough study, as St. Dominic designed.

    This common life, especially the study, orders the environment in which you pray, as it continues to order the preaching you hear at Mass and the education our students receive throughout the week. It gives shape to the way we form the faith of adults and children; it molds the way we steward resources, and how we collaborate with staff and volunteers.

    In the ancient days of our Order, our houses were often referred to as a “Holy Preaching,” not only because the Dominicans gave sermons but because their way of life proclaimed the Gospel to their contemporaries. Our hope is that this Parish will preach by what we say and sing, by how we invest our resources, and by how we treat our elders, our young, members of long-standing, and those who have just joined. https://svsc.info/

  • Since 1975, the Human Life Review has been the only publication of its kind in the world: an academic-quality journal devoted to civilized discussion of legal, philosophical, medical, scientific, and moral perspectives on all life issues.  We cover not only abortion but also euthanasia, suicide, neonaticide, genetic engineering, cloning, fetal and embryonic stem cell research and experimentation, and new issues as they emerge.  We also deal with underlying issues of family and society.

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We are so honored to have the following guests for this event! 

 

 

Rev. Victor Lee Austin 

Bee Chessman

Margaret Colin

David DiCerto

Grace Maffucci

Maria McFadden Maffucci

James and Karina Majewski

Clare McCallan

Diane Moriarty

Rev. Peter Martyr Yungwirth 

 

 

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